Australia’s fire-breathing seamer Mitchell Starc obliterated all hopes of a New Zealand recovery when he unleashed a brutal spell of pace bowling on the second day of the day-night Test at Perth. Starc stormed through the defenses of the Kiwi batters to help his side make giant leaps towards victory.
The left-arm speedster ran riot with the shiny pink ball under floodlights as the Black Caps were totally exposed owing to their inefficiencies regarding handling the intimidating bowling.
Starc picked up four wickets including the prized scalp of Kane Williamson courtesy of a spectacular grab from Steve Smith in the slips.
After dismissing Henry Nicholls with a snorter, Starc claimed the wicket of Neil Wagner with a searing yorker that was apparently too hot to handle for the nightwatchman. The premier strike bowler for Australia then removed Colin de Grandhomme in the first session of day three to complete a fantastic five-wicket haul.